Plan for Rehabilitation Visit

At Franciscan Children’s, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and educational needs so they can receive specialized care in a compassionate and positive environment. We share an unwavering commitment to excellence, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and live their best life.

Our inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation program provides comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services for children who are recovering from serious illness, traumatic injury, or major surgery.

Our inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation program provides inpatient therapeutic and medical services to children requiring respiratory support.

At Franciscan Children’s, we recognize parents and guardians as important members of a child’s treatment team. We hope you will find the following information helpful as you prepare for your child’s admission.

We know that making the transition to a new hospital can be overwhelming. Our Child Life team created our Kid Welcome Book, designed to walk you and your child through what a stay in our Inpatient Rehabilitation programs will look like. You can scroll through this unique, visual resource here, or click the button below.

Download our Kid Welcome Book
Directions to Franciscan Children’s can be found on our website here. When you arrive on campus, guests should park in Parking Lot A and register at the main desk upon entry.  The Rehabilitation programs are located on the second and third floor of the hospital, just a short elevator ride up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my child need rehab? Why can’t we just go home?

Many children who experience traumatic injury, undergo surgery or who are medically fragile are not ready to go home from their hospital setting. Your child’s physician has recommended that your child come to a rehabilitation facility to receive therapy that is not fully available at the acute care hospital where he or she is currently a patient.

How long will my child be in the hospital?

During your first few days here the Franciscan Children’s health care team will evaluate your child and develop a rehabilitation plan and schedule based on his/her condition and ability to participate. Once all evaluations are completed, the health care team will meet and discuss their findings at weekly rehabilitation or medical rounds and recommend an estimated length of stay.

Will I be able to stay with my child?

We welcome and encourage you to stay with your child as often as you are able. We can accommodate one parent rooming in nightly. You may stay at your child’s bedside or if your child is admitted to the Observation Room you may stay in the Family Room.

What should I pack for my child?

Patients typically wear their own clothes instead of wearing hospital gowns. We suggest that when packing for your child’s hospital stay you bring:

• Loose comfortable clothes
• Socks and underwear
• Sneakers (if applicable)
• Pajamas

Franciscan Children’s will provide basic toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotions, and diapers.
Children seem to do better with their own “things” around them. We encourage you to make your child’s bedside like home and decorate as you wish. Some children might like to have with them:

• Pictures of family and friends
• A favorite blanket or stuffed animal
• A few favorite toys or games

What are the visiting hours?

Visits from family and friends are essential to the comfort and healing process. General visiting hours are 8:00am to 8:00 pm. We will accommodate parental, guardian and caregiver visitation at any time, including one parent during overnight hours.

Is there a cafeteria?

The hospital cafeteria is located on the 1st floor. It is open Monday through Friday the following hours:

Breakfast | 7:00 AM to 10:15 PM
Lunch | 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Extended Hours | 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM (grab and go meals i.e. sandwiches and salads)

The cafeteria offers many options including pizza, wraps, deli, home-style entrees, grill items and a salad bar. Every day a heart healthy entrée, a vegetarian entrée and a special deli option are offered. All major credit cards are accepted. Please note the cafeteria closed on Saturday or Sunday.

Vending machines are located in Building 3 on the 1st floor and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Is parking available?

Yes and our parking is free. Please park in Parking Lot A, the visitor/outpatient parking lot.

Questions about the Inpatient Rehabilitation program can be directed to the Admissions team by calling 617-254-3800 ext. 2600

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